GRAMMY Nomination for Manuel Valera – Piano Faculty Spring 2013

Manuel Valera, Piano faculty for our upcoming Spring 2013 semester gets nominated for a GRAMMY in the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, to be held February 2013.

His album ‘New Cuban Express’ gets nominated in the ‘Best Latin Jazz Album’ category. The album features Manuel Valera on Piano and Keyboards, Yosvanny Terry on Saxophone, Tom Guarana on Guitar, John Benitez on Bass, Eric Doob on Drums and Mauricio Herrera on Percussion.

Congratulations to Manuel Valera from the entire SAM family.

Below is a clip of the band playing ‘Upwards’ from the album.


Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (SAM) Announcing Spring 2013 Semester

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Announcing Spring 2013 Scholarships

In our first year after instituting scholarships, this is the second time we are announcing the Scholarships. This time we received scholarship applications for the Spring 2013 semester from all over India, Bangladesh and Nigeria. After careful consideration of all the applications and materials submitted we are happy to announce the recipients of the Merit Based Scholarship for Spring 2013 semester

General Excellence Scholarship

Al Fahmi Kazi Bashar from Bangladesh

A professional musician since 2000, multi-instrumentalist Al Fahmi Kazi Bashar a.k.a Kaartik is from Bangladesh. He has been a composer, arranger and producer and has released two albums with his band ‘Bangla’. Has performed all over the world with the band. Below is one of his submissions for the Scholarship.

Below is Kaartik with his band ‘Bangla’ performing in Germany

Scholarships by Instrument


  • Anupreet Kaur from Delhi, India


  • Arjun Desai from Delhi, India


  • Pritam Boro from Orissa, India


  • Abhinav Yogesh from Bangalore, India


Congratulations to Scholarship winners from everybody at SAM



Spring 2013 Semester Starts 17,January 2013 – Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music

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The Spring 2013 faculty line-up is starting to emerge. Magos Herrera, a Latin Grammy Nominee from Mexico is returning as Voice Faculty. Cuban virtuoso pianist Manuel Valera as Piano Faculty. Yunior Terry from Cuba as Bass Faculty. Alex Kautz from Brazil as the Bass Faculty. Prasanna, President of Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and Dr. S. Karthick will be joining these musicians and others.



Born in Mexico City, the deep and captivating performer, Magos Herrera is considered one of the most beautiful voices and the most active vocalist of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene.

 The grammy nominee for best vocal jazz, Immensely popular throughout Mexico and Latin America, a dazzling accomplished singer-songwriter known for her beguiling rhythmic scatting…READ MORE


Hailed by critics and fans around the world as one of the world’s most innovative guitarists and composers today, Prasanna truly exemplifies the notion of a global musician. From being a pioneer in performing the ancient art of traditional Indian Classical Carnatic music on the guitar to being a cutting edge guitarist and composer that blends Jazz, Rock, Classical, Blues, Reggae and everything else he feeds on into a unique signature sound…READ MORE


Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rubens De La Corte started studying classical guitar at the age of 9 and electric guitar by age 13. In 1998, Rubens graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of music and later completed his Masters degree in Jazz performance at the Queens College, NY where he studied with artists like Sir Roland Hanna…READ MORE


Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, Manuel Valera is in the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. He represents the next generation of great performers and composers. His sound is fresh, inviting and evocative, and his goal is to forge innovative sounds that bring a vitality and newness to the idioms of jazz and Latin jazz. He is constantly workshopping musical ideas to develop new composition and arranging techniques that bring together Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian and various jazz styles and forms…READ MORE


Regarded as one of New York City’s most sought after bass player, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility and contagious rhythm. As the youngest son of one of Cuba’s most gifted musical families “Los Terry’s”, Yunior followed the tradition and began his musical training at age seven, graduating in 1994 from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass…READ MORE


Known for his sensitivity, musicality and touch, Alex has found a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz, world music and his natural Brazilian influence. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alex first went to Berklee College of Music to study a Degree in Professional Music and them moved to NY…READ MORE


One of the most recognizable ghatam artists in the world today, Karthick has earned an international reputation for his path-breaking work in Carnatic music and in Crossover music. He studied for many years with the legendary ‘Vikku’ Vinayakram. Karthick has performed and recorded with every major Carnatic artist, done sessions work with film composers like A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj and others, and done numerous collaborative projects with French Pianist Ariane Gray Hubert and others…READ MORE


More updates soon…